8:30pm Thursday, July 7 on Prime
Strike Back is an adrenaline-fuelled, six-part action series based on the international best-seller by Chris Ryan, ex-SAS soldier and Bravo two Zero veteran, featuring an all-star cast including Richard Armitage (Spooks), Andrew Lincoln (Afterlife) and Orla Brady (Mistresses). A story of deception, redemption and revenge, all played out in the interlinked lives of two former soldiers; Major Hugh Collinson and discharged veteran John Porter. Their paths last crossed seven years ago. On the eve of the invasion of Iraq, John Porter led a special forces unit on a daring hostage rescue into the heart of Basra, and events overtook him with disastrous results.
The decisions taken on that night inexorably unite the fate of both Porter and Collinson. Porter bears the burden of guilt and the repercussions haunt him for seven years, until an opportunity presents itself for him to return to Iraq and redeem himself. There is a new hostage crisis in the Middle East. Katie Dartmouth a brilliant young reporter, has been captured and her kidnappers are threatening to kill her unless Iraqi prisoners are released from British jails. Can Porter find her in time? This series travels to Iraq, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan and interweaves the politics of war, with the lives of two very driven soldiers.